Success Stories | Jamaica

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Last updated: June 14, 2021

November 30, 2020

From 2014–2020, more than 2,400 juveniles in Jamaica benefited from USAID’s support under A New Path, a project of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI).

February 14, 2018

February 2018—Fifty-two-year-old Milton Stewart beams with joy as he takes his place behind the steering wheel. As one of the official drivers for the Ministry of Health within the western division of Jamaica, Stewart has operated many vehicles during his 30-year career, including trucks, buses and ambulances. Few assignments, however, are as meaningful to him as the job he now has.

January 14, 2018

January 2018—“When I talk about my past I get really sad,” says 19-year-old mother of two Shameka Campbell as the tears run down her cheeks. She recalls how, at the age of 10, her mother died and she had no father to care for her. Left alone, she was handed off to family members and friends.

“I had to sleep in people’s yards and clean their homes and wash their clothes in order to survive,” she adds.

December 10, 2017

December 2017---Growing through a thick foundation of concrete, in the middle of the Trench Town community in Kingston, Jamaica, stands a 15-foot-wide almond tree.

To the unknowing bystander this is merely a source of shade. However, to a select group of men it represents the birthplace of Fathers United for Change, an important movement for change within their community.

September 10, 2017

September 2017—Tucked away at the back of the Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf in Kingston, Jamaica, sits the quaint E3 Café, home of Deaf Can! Coffee. With a megawatt smile and warm welcome, 21-year-old Fabian Jackson eagerly greets his customers and directs them to a board with instructions on how to order coffee.

Why instructions? Because Deaf Can! Coffee is a small social enterprise that employs people from the deaf community.

“I wasn’t born deaf,” explains Jackson. “I contracted meningitis when I was about 3 or 4 and I became deaf after.”